One mans fight with his waist line!

Elliptical vs. Treadmill: Which is Better? – BuiltLean

Posted by Tubby Paul on April 12, 2013

An interesting read, I have been using the elliptical a lot myself due to the low impact, but which is best? http://www.builtlean.com//2012/04/20/elliptical-vs-treadmill/ See you in the gym, Paul


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How Much Sleep Do I Need?

Posted by Tubby Paul on April 12, 2013

My kids need to read this!

One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Past 100

This is not an easy question to answer. The National Sleep Foundation offers ranges for various ages, but with the range for adults being two whole hours, from seven to nine hours, it is certainly not definitive.

Time Magazine quoted Daniel Kripke, co-director of research at the Scripps Clinic Sleep Center in La Jolla, Calif., who compared death rates among more than one million American adults who reported their average nightly amount of sleep. While his results were surprising, they have since been corroborated by similar studies in Europe and East Asia.


“Studies show that people who sleep between 6.5 hr. and 7.5 hr. a night, as they report, live the longest. And people who sleep 8 hr. or more, or less than 6.5 hr., they don’t live quite as long. There is just as much risk associated with sleeping too long as with sleeping too short. The big surprise…

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Popcorn: The Snack with Even Higher Antioxidants Levels than Fruits and Vegetables

Posted by Tubby Paul on April 8, 2013

Time to pop!

Cooking with Kathy Man

Popcorn’s reputation as a snack food that’s actually good for health popped up a few notches today as scientists reported that it contains more of the healthful antioxidant substances called “polyphenols” than fruits and vegetables. They spoke at the 243rd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society, being held here this week.

Joe Vinson, Ph.D., a pioneer in analyzing healthful components in chocolate, nuts and other common foods, explained that the polyphenols are more concentrated in popcorn, which averages only about 4 percent water, while polyphenols are diluted in the 90 percent water that makes up many fruits and vegetables.

In another surprising finding, the researchers discovered that the hulls of the popcorn — the part that everyone hates for its tendency to get caught in the teeth — actually has the highest concentration of polyphenols and fiber.

“Those hulls deserve more…

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Perkins Great Eastern Run 2013

Posted by Tubby Paul on April 7, 2013

Just a quick post to let you all know I am now officially signed up for my very first half marathon, the Perkins Great Eastern Run on the 13th of October, will let you know how the training goes!

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Sorry and a quick update!

Posted by Tubby Paul on February 9, 2013

Well first off a quick apology! I know I haven’t blogged for ages, life has been pretty hectic! I have said before, I have no idea how these people who live such full lives still manage to find time to blog without their partner lynching them up from the nearest tree! I hardly have time to sleep at the moment, let alone write a blog that might be even half interesting!
I will admit, some of my lack of time is due to my new workout routine, but more on that later! First off a potted history of what you have all missed….

Diagnosed with shin splints, banned from running/impact training, refered to physiotherapist.
Examined by physio, told I have week ankles hips and knees! Should be fixable, told to stick to no impact and a few extra exercises.

Crack on with cardiovascular training, weapon of choice is now the cross trainer (elliptical machine). Also start a little weights work being coached by my work mate.
Physio now convinced it is just my weak and feeble body letting me down, so refers me to an exercise rehabilitation instructor to rebuild my puney body!

Start working with the ERI, do many leg strengthening exercises, lots of balance work, building up my legs, lots of stretching, lots of walking backwards uphill on a treadmill…. yep you did read that right! The latest and best thing from the ERI is being allowed to run again, all be it on a walk run program, but it is a start!

While this is going on with my legs, the rest of the body is also getting worked harder! My work mate and training partner picked Doug’s Super Shredding Routine I tell you now, it is tough, we did it for 2 weeks before we switched to Doug’s 5 Day High Definition Routine. This routine is still tough, but I am assured is a more suitable workout for our aims.

So that is us pretty much bang up to date, current routine is 2 cardio session, a weights session on a specific muscle group and an abs session, all told between 3 & 4 hours every day, 5 days a week, with Saturday and Sunday to recover. Is it working? Without a doubt, I am very definitely changing shape, I am starting to get lumps and bumps where there was only wobbly flabby bits before, yes I still have lots of work to do, but I think I saw an ab the other day! I have named him George, I look forward to meeting his friends when they pop up!

Sorry for how badly written this post is, but I just wanted to let everyone know what is happening!

See you in the gym,


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Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome or Shin Splints for short!

Posted by Tubby Paul on November 20, 2012

Well acording to the doctor, I have shin splints! This is a condition that before now I thought was a lazy persons excuse to not run, well turns out it was me who was the lazy one, as now I am putting effort in I have them myself! And I can tell you, its not made up!!

So it looks like I might of over trained, I had built up my running times, and was up to doing a steady hour long run without stopping, and was actually starting to enjoy doing it too! Then I went out for a run with some other people, at a pace that was considerably faster then I was comfortable with, and after about 10/15 minutes now though I start to get bad pains down my left shin, and it really is a show stopper now!

The first couple of times I must admit, I kept going on it as the pain was building, okay with hindsight this was a silly decision, but let’s face it hindsight is a wonderful thing, and if I had it I wouldn’t be this fat and unfit in the first place! I took a week off running, and tried to stretch it out, but after a weeks rest I was no better, intact it is worse! So now I have given in, I have done what no man likes to do and admitted weakness, I have gone to the doctors, who has referred me to the physio!

My appointment is still over a week away, but don’t worry, I have not been sat on my bum doing nothing, I have discovered the elliptical trainer, and have also been doing 3
strength training sessions a week, so hopefully this enforced break from running will help me develop a more all round training program, although I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but I can’t wait to get back down on my river bank for an hours run!

Will let you know what the physio says next week!

See you in the gym.


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27 Hour Day!

Posted by Tubby Paul on November 13, 2012

I need more time in my day! Not for training, I am managing that, generally getting a cardio session at least 5 days a week, and a strength session with my need gym buddy 3 days a week.

I need extra time for all the extra things, I have several part
written blog entries in my drafts, but I don’t have enough time to finish them!

As I am writing this now on my phone in bed, I can hear my son filling his nappy, which means I have to go!

See you all in the gym,


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Posted by Tubby Paul on November 8, 2012

Food for Thought!

One Regular Guy Writing about Food, Exercise and Living Past 100

It is turning out that the fast food high fat Standard American Diet (SAD) has, in fact, some pretty sad impacts on the brain besides the waistline.

The New York Times reported that the Society for Neuroscience met in New Orleans and University of Minnesota scientists demonstrated that a group of rats that consumed normal food for four months compared favorably with a group of rats that ate a diet with 40 percent fat in it. Both diets had the same amount of calories.

The scientists administered a memory test to the rats after four months. Those with the normal diet performed as they had previously while those on the high-fat diet yielded much poorer results.

The rats were then broken into two groups. One group had running wheels. The other didn’t. So, those on the high fat diet could or could not exercise.

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Best Thing Since Sliced Bread?

Posted by Tubby Paul on November 4, 2012

For several months now, we have not had anything “white” in our house! This mainly started as a necessity when my other half again suffered with gestational diabetes, so to help her manage the condition using diet alone (which we did, all the way to the end,) we ditched the white processed products, and changed our habits.

Brown rice, wholemeal pasta and whole grain bread have been topping the shopping list, with the sizes of our portions getting cut dramatically.  The composition of the meal has also changed, no longer a big pile of stodgy carbs, just a tiny amount of carbs will do the trick, especially for our evening meal, sometimes having no carbs at all!

Well over the last few days, for several reasons, I have eaten more white bread and processed food than I have in a very long time! It has left me feeling sluggish and bloated, I am all bunged up too, and I don’t mean my nose!

Excuses? Well I could make several, not wanting to cause a fuss or offend people we have been visiting when they make me food, this is an excuse I do agree with, all be it not too often! That doesn’t account for when I ended up in rotten Ronnie’s (McDonald’s) and instead of trying to pick out some sort of healthyish option I went for a large Big-Mac meal with a shake! Not ever so good for me is it! Lets just say I am not looking forward to my weigh in on Tuesday!

So no, like me being fat in the first place, there is no one to blame apart from myself! Another thing that hasn’t helped is the fact I haven’t been drinking enough water either, something I have worked hard at doing for the last few months! It’s amazing how just 3 days of laziness can make you feel so bad!

So enough is enough today, time to reset, and re-kick start my healthy eating! I am going to beat this flab if it kills me!!

See you in the gym,


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